I'll be That Guy. Where 1:1 cars are concerned, when someone dies; like a father or friend, the family/friends will finish a project car - often in a way that the deceased would have liked to have finished it. It's a tribute, and a feeling like they are doing something creative in remembrance or productive in terms of working out grief. I've been involved with that process - twice. Where models are concerned, I believe that much the same applies.
Suspension attention: With the body more or less back in shape, I started in on the suspension. AMT went through a period of weirdness in the mid '60s with Ford suspension. The '65 was the most complex, separate upper control arms, steerable, rolling wheels. The '66 was simplified; rolling, steel axles front and back, no upper control arms. '67 was my least favorite - non-rolling wheels front and back with no provision to make them roll, (cheap) no upper control arms. I never had a '68 kit, so I don't know what they did that year. The '67-'68 AMT Mustangs and Shelby also didn't roll, and since everything I build must roll, (a thing with me) I've had to mod the suspension on all of these kits that I've built. So I decided to use most of the '65 suspension parts on the front of this '67. It was the same on the real cars, so it's mostly correct anyway. I cut notches in the '67 front wheel tubs to use the '65 UCA's:
I needed to widen the front track to place the wheels where I wanted them, so I added a piece of the '65 lower control arms to the tips of the '67 setup:
And moved to the rear. The rear ends on all of these Fords is supposed to be a 9 inch, but it looks like a generic blob. So I found a glue bomb 9" rear in the parts box, cut the center out, and grafted it into the '67 rear end/control arm assembly. I glued a strip of Evergreen to the control arms to keep them square while the center section was cut out, and glued it together with an axle in it to keep it square while curing.
I don't usually get this tricky with suspension, but if it cooperates, it will be the only thing I have with posable steering.
The Boys get captured by bad guys, thrown into a cave and the opening sealed. A few minutes later: B.A. - "Look, Hannibal, I found a complete, operational welding outfit, a running fork lift, gas cylinders, and items that we can combine into improvised explosives to blow the bad guy's Jeeps onto their roofs while they try to chase us!" It was a simpler time.
It sounds like a great plan. I would wait until the debt is paid down to a level that you both feel comfortable with before taking on the new car payment, but it sounds like that's what the plan is anyway. Just don't be in a hurry, wait for everything to fall into place and it will happen when the time is right.